Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.1/5 rDev +7%
pours a ruby-tinged crystal clear chestnut hue with ample carbonation rising from the bottom, fueling a creamy almond-colored two finger head that leaves behind some foamy pisco sour egg white-esque lacing.
aroma is dead on for the style. clean, fruity, lactic acid aroma wafts as soon as the bottle is cracked. a bit cleaner and a bit less funky than some, but just as inviting as any flanders. tart fruit and spice, less sharp vinegar in the aroma. I'm lovin' it.
Taste attempts to match with aroma but falls just a bit short. still solidly tart with pleasant acidic notes, sharp berry sourness, and nice funkiness, but there's a bit of metallic earthiness that grows stronger as it warms. Still solid for the style, but just a bit too clean and sterile to have a ton of character, and the slight metallic earthy off note isn't incredibly appealing.
Mouthfeel is solid, with ample carbonation creating an almost creamy mouth despite the tartness and slight slickness that comes with the style. smooth and enjoyable. Cleaner mouth than many... definitely nice.
I'm pretty impressed. This may be one of my favorite Flanders I've had the pleasure of tasting. unbelievably drinkable with all the notes I love. it's a bit lacking in that extreme funkiness that keeps it from being outstanding, but on the whole, it's a beautifully rounded Flanders Oud Bruin. Delicious.
04-09-2009 04:25:58 | More by djeucalyptus
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
pours a deep amber tone, sits a chestnut color with ruby tones evident when held to light. foamy finger, finger and a half beige head, middling retention; head lapse into a thin cap... very nice lacing.
nose is a pretty nice bouquet consisting mostly of malts, sour/tartness, and a fruity sweetness.
flavor hits me with a little more sourness than i was anticipating based on the aroma, but not an overly, mouth-pucking sour... interesting balance between the sweet and sour. defintely has some tang to it; sour cherries. tasty and refreshing, though nothing transcendent.
medium-bodied mouthfeel with healthy carbonation. drinks easily. looks like 4s across the board here.
edit: docking the drinkability score a point. it's wearing on me.
02-08-2011 03:03:10 | More by perrymarcus
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
Pours a dark and hazy reddish brown color. Dense cream colored head holds tightly against the glass and doesn't let go.
Aroma touches on notes of vinegar and sour cherry but it's not as overpowering as some for this style. A bit of fruity sweetness in the background.
A more balanced version of a Flanders ale with a nice mildly sour kick but plenty of malt backbone and sweetness to keep things in check. Fruit notes touch on green apples and cherry with a nice tartness to them.
Mouthfeel is crisp an bubbly but doesn't quite dry you out like you'd expect. Overall, Monk's Flemish sour is a great sour ale when you're looking for moderation and mild sourness (i.e. good intro sour). At 2.50 a bottle, I'll certainly have this again.
12-08-2011 21:57:00 | More by Kinsman
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
Notes from 10/20/2010:
11.2 oz. bottle at 42* into a chalice.
A: It pours a cloudy, beet-red color with some short-lived and fizzy head.
S: It features aromas of dark cherries, berry medley, and vinegar.
T: The taste is of sour cherries, sour grape peel, and more vinegar. It begins sweet and ends lactic and sour.
M: This is light bodied and a bit bubbly throughout.
D: I'm not exactly used to sour beers but it didn't keep me from enjoying this.
10-24-2010 06:40:11 | More by bucklemyshoe
4.1/5 rDev +7%
1 Pt. 9.4fl.oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Label stamped 09LJ 14:53... no idea if that's an encoded date stamp or the batch number. First I've had of this style, so I'm just going to rate it as a beer in general rather than to style, as is tradition. (in Canada?)
Appearance - Very dark clear/hazy ruby red body. Offwhite head with low to moderate retention and decent lacing.
Smell - Sour. Grape juice. Apple juice.
Taste - Sweet front end with a slightly metallic finish. Clean, slightly sweet aftertaste that doesn't linger for more than a few seconds.
Mouthfeel - Soft body with a slightly crisp, mild sparkling grape juice effervescence.
Overall Drinkability - Not particularly complex, but delicious nonetheless. Again, I can't rate in style since this is my first of its kind. However, as a beer it is very enjoyable. Would go great on any occasions where you might want to drink sparkling grape juice.
08-06-2011 23:56:08 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
A 13 oz. pour at the Sunset in Boston.
Cherry red, clear, with no head or lace. Aroma is sour cherries, oak, and noticeably acidic. Flavor is similar in characteristic, with a very lively feel. Light bodied. Strong lacquer characteristics in both aroma and taste (maybe fermented apples is more appropriate). I would have thought the ABV was much higher.
04-29-2011 01:29:46 | More by LittleDon
2.93/5 rDev -23.5%
Murky acorn color with no head, just a collar. Smells of cherries and cider. Flavor is bright fruits that quickly swirl into a tartness that is very present but not extreme. Woody notes add depth at the beginning but disappear as it becomes more tart and dry. Thin body and low carbonation makes this seem like a relative of red wine. The finish does not seem very interesting or complex and fails to really inspire another sip. A pleasant beer that could serve others as a decent introduction to the style.
It should be noted that this beer was the first ever to have devastating effects on my digestive system. You have been warned.
09-06-2004 03:13:39 | More by waughbrew
2.5/5 rDev -34.7%
Was in the mood for a light sour, so I grabbed this one off an Ohio beer store shelve and poured into my glass...
A: Pours a very clear ruby red with a nice off white head. Look is very nice with ruby, crystal clear hues with plentiful carbonation and a very nice, creamy head.
S: Red wine vinegar up front with some underlying flavors of cherry, and some spice, but vinegar is by far the most prevalent.
T: Light sour grapes with vinegar. Not very good, very light. The grapes are putrid and the vinegar is watered down into the grape taste. Not pleasant.
Overall, this was vinegar galore with some underlying flavors that could not pass the vinegar taste. Not recommended.
08-18-2009 01:34:48 | More by treyrab
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
11.2oz bottle into snifter.
A: A deep reddish, amber body, pours with a light cream head. Head retreat thin layer, while the lace that is left is a spotty, that is spot on representation.
S: The aroma denotes a sour brew that shows a hint of sweet cherry.
T/M: The front of this beer is a mellow start of subtle cherry, that exceeds to a blast of sour, but not over powering the limit. The finish is a smooth and nice off for the style, a relapse of sour that lingers nicely. The mouthfeel is a nice and smooth sensation that forms a nice silky effect.
D: I find this to be a bit overly drinkable, a bit too smooth and tasty. The alcohol is barely present at all and is a delicious sour brew.
10-01-2010 05:35:43 | More by GDBEERMAN
Monk's Café Flemish Sour Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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